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SLU Block Party Next Friday; Hootenanny at AQUA

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SLU Block Party

BELLEVUE Seastar Restaurant and Raw Bar has reopened after a brief, planned closure to revamp the kitchen space. There's now new, state-of-the-art professional kitchen appliances, as well as improvements to make the space more efficient. The dining room got some new paint, too. Bigger improvements are planned for summer 2016 that will include a complete redesign of the dining room and Raw Bar. [EaterWire]

SOUTH LAKE UNION — The South Lake Union Block Party takes place August 7 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. at Westlake Ave. N. and Denny Way, outside the South Lake Union Discovery Center. Admission is free, but you'll have to purchase tickets for Savor SLU, a sampling of food from the neighborhood's restaurants, and the Best Burger Grilling Competition. [EaterWire]

DOWNTOWN — AQUA by El Gaucho is hosting their annual Hootenanny waterfront party on August 8 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. There will be a menu of appetizers prepared by the restaurant as well as sips of wine, sake, beer, and spirits. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (206) 956-9171. [EaterWire]